Patents Examined by Marie Denise Patterson
  • Patent number: 5542198
    Abstract: A bowling shoe construction includes a shoe upper, and a shoe sole mounted to the shoe upper. The shoe sole has a tread surface and a slide area on the tread surface extending longitudinally from a toe end of the shoe sole rearwardly to an arch portion thereof, and extending laterally across the entire width of the tread surface. The bowling shoe construction further includes a removable slide pad having a peripheral margin substantially equal to the peripheral margin of the slide area on the tread surface. The slide pad is removably secured to the tread surface by means of interlocking hook and pile fastener materials attached to the slide area of the tread surface and to the slide pad. The shoe construction still further include a removable heel which is removably secured to the heel portion of the tread surface with hook and pile fastener materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Dexter Shoe Company
    Inventor: Leo H. Famolare
  • Patent number: 5540002
    Abstract: A snowshoe including a perimeter frame having a horizontal center line and horizontally spaced side portions, each of the frame side portions having a width, sheet-like material extending between the frame side portions, and a cleat having an upper surface, the cleat being connected directly to the sheet-like material and not directly to the frame so that a portion of the upper surface of the cleat is adjacent to and within a distance not greater than the width of a frame side portion from one of the frame side portions and below the horizontal center line of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Sherpa, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Liautaud
  • Patent number: 5537764
    Abstract: The invention relates to a forefoot relief shoe (10) possessing a sole portion (11) that is substantially triangular in a side view or in a vertical longitudinal section having a thickness which decreases in the rearward direction and which terminates anteriorly before the the metatarsal region of the wearer. In order to increase the service life and to enhance the wearing comfort it is provided that the sole portion (11) is constructed in the form of a hollow section fitted with substantially vertical supports for connecting the base constructed so as to cover the area to its full extent and the upper body (12) constructed so as to cover the area to its full extent and adjacent to the foot bed (13), in which case the supports, at least within the central area, in the longitudinal axial direction toward the base, possess an increasing diameter or an increasing horizontal cross-section (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Heil- und Hilfsmittel Vertriebs GmbH
    Inventor: Jan E. M. Prahl
  • Patent number: 5537762
    Abstract: A dynamic athletic shoe sole wherein a composite sole is provided with dynamic air cylinders for cushioning the alternate weighting and unweighting of the athletic shoe by a wearer's walking or running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Inventor: William D. Walters
  • Patent number: 5535531
    Abstract: A friction reducing shoe device for easing tightening and untightening of the shoe laces. The friction reducing device is positioned atop a tongue portion of a shoe between two opposing edges of an upper cover of a shoe atop. The device and includes a friction reducing channel formed for and receiving the portion of the shoe lace contacting an upper surface of the tongue portion which extends between the two edges. This channel separates the contact portions of the lace from frictional contact with the tongue upper surface to reduce friction therebetween during tightening and untightening of the lace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Inventors: Razmik Karabed, Farhang Heydari
  • Patent number: 5535881
    Abstract: The wrench holder has a plurality of pairs of elements separated by a space substantially equal to the thickness of a wrench. One element in each pair is fixed and the other is hingedly mounted for movement toward and away from the first element. Two bosses are respectively carried by the two elements and are directed laterally toward each other. A wrench is inserted into a space, forcing the second element away from the first until the bosses are aligned with a hole in wrench, whereupon the two bosses seat within the wrench hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Snap-on Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bert Krivec
  • Patent number: 5535529
    Abstract: A cushioned boot attachment system for stalking game adapted for use in association with hunting boots, each boot having a heel and a toe, the apparatus including at least two attachments, each comprising: a boot sleeve formed in a generally box shaped configuration with an open top section, an open front section, and a rear wall, two side walls and a bottom wall, the walls being formed contiguously with each other and including a lining with cushioned material, a user's boot being positionable within each sleeve with the heel against the rear wall and the toe positioned through the open front section, the top section of the sleeve including a shoelace positioned therethrough, the top section including shoe lace coupling devices to facilitate tightening of the apparatus snugly around a user's feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Inventor: Loren B. Panteah
  • Patent number: 5533279
    Abstract: A shoe including a sole, toe reinforcement portion, heel reinforcement portion, eyelet portion, skeleton-shaped reinforcement portion, an adjustable tightening member for adjusting the ankle to heel portion of the shoe, a lace engaging the eyelet portion for adjusting the fit from toe to instep portion, and a sock inner as an internal carapace portion for covering, accommodating and holding the foot of the wearer. The toe reinforcement portion, heel reinforcement portion, eyelet portion, and skeleton-shaped reinforcement portion define an outer carapace portion. Improved fit with the foot and ankle and air intake and exhaust within the shoe accelerated to improve the aerating action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Asics Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Mitsui, Yoshiaki Hase
  • Patent number: 5526589
    Abstract: An athletic shoe including a shoe upper and an outsole connected to the shoe upper is provided. The outsole defines a plurality of spike receiving openings therein. A plate is located between the shoe upper and the outsole, and includes a plurality of spikes attached thereto. The plate is movable within the upper between a spike-exposing position whereby the plurality of spikes extend outwardly through respective openings formed in the outsole, and a spike-retracting position. An inflatable bladder is located between the plate and the outsole. When inflated with a fluid, the bladder lifts the plate upwardly into the spike-retracting position, and holds the plate in the spike-retracting position during shoe wear. An exhaust communicates with the bladder for exhausting the fluid contained in the bladder. When the fluid is exhausted, the plate is movable into the spike-exposing position by the weight of the wearer during shoe wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventor: J. Charles Jordan
  • Patent number: 5526587
    Abstract: In a locking device for sports footwear, in particular for ski-boots comprising a body (12) on which a leg-piece (18) is pivotably mounted two levers (24,26) are hinged together at one of their ends and pivotably mounted at their opposite ends on the body (12) and the leg-piece (18) respectively. The lever pivotably mounted on the body (12) is provided with a lug (41) able to engage with an inner shoe (21) so as to prevent it from coming out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Tecnica SpA
    Inventor: Mario Sartor
  • Patent number: 5526586
    Abstract: Ski boot with improved lateral support including a shell connected to a quarter and having a rigid element which is monolithic or formed integrally with the shell and at least partially affects the inner side of the foot and leg and the plantar arch. The boot allows to achieve optimum ski control by distributing the efforts and ensuring rear support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Nordica S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Foscaro
  • Patent number: 5524366
    Abstract: A ski shoe comprising a shell (1) and a movably hinged shaft 2 of the shoe wherein the shell is formed of an elastic material and has a raised shell part (3) around which the shaft 2 of the shoe extends. The raised shell part (3) carries above the heel a vertical slot (4), which is upwardly open. The shaft 2 of the shoe presses when in a forward position onto the raised shell part (3) so that the slot (4) closes. A spacer (7) is movable in the slot (4) by an adjusting device and depending on its position acts against the closing movement of the slot (4) and thus the forward movement of the shaft 2 of the shoe. For adjustment in a slotted hole, the spacer (7) is supported on one arm (9) of a two-arm bent lever (10) and the other arm (13) of which carries a nut (14), which moves on an axially nonmovable spindle (15). The spindle (15) can be rotated, for example, with a key, which causes the bent lever (10) to carry out a pivoting movement and the spacer (7) to move in the slot (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: HTM Sport- und Freizeitgeraete Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Francesco Caeran
  • Patent number: 5518118
    Abstract: A transporting holding device for picture frames (4) or the like, preferably for installation in a transport crate (1), with several, preferably four, frame securing elements (3), further with two lengthwise adjustable guide devices (5) and two crosswise adjustable guide devices (6). The crosswise adjustable guide devices (6) are guided to be adjustable and able to be immobilized on the lengthwise adjustable guide devices (5), and the frame securing elements (3) are guided to be adjustable on the crosswise adjustable guide devices (6). A greater flexibility is created with such a transporting holding device because the frame securing elements (3) are embodied as a corner bracket for supporting a respective corner of the picture frame (4) and/or as a flat side bracket for supporting a respective part of the edge of the picture frame (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Hasenkamp Internationale Transport GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Manfred Putz, Mathias Szarata
  • Patent number: 5517770
    Abstract: An insole for a sport shoe including a foam footbed having disposed on the underside thereof a first resilient pad at the forward portion of the insole and a second resilient pad at the heel portion of the insole and including frusto-conical primary nubs formed integrally on each of the pads and a secondary nub formed on each of the primary nubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Libertyville Saddle Shop, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack L. Martin, Charles Lee
  • Patent number: 5515971
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting lamp bulbs such as a fluorescent tube includes a central housing assembly, a finger access port through which a finger can be inserted to partially push a retained fluorescent tube out of the apparatus is located on one end of the housing assembly and a first resilient or cushioning member located inside the housing adjacent the access port. A cap assembly is removably connected to a second opposed end of the central housing assembly. A compressible gripper assembly in the form of a resilient donut or ring is connected to an interior surface of the central housing assembly proximal to the first resilient member and has an uncompressed internal diameter which is less than an outer tube diameter of a fluorescent tube adapted to be retained in the apparatus by the gripper assembly. A filter member is provided coextensive with the access port between the first resilient member and the gripper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Edward J. Segrest
  • Patent number: 5513451
    Abstract: A spike is mountable onto the sole of a spiked track shoe which allows a runner to develop maximum propulsion against the field surface. The spike is removably attachable to the track shoe and includes an elongate support plate having at one end thereof a connection hole for connection with the shoe, and a spike portion disposed at the other end. The spike portion is disposed at an obtuse angle (i.e., greater than a right angle relative to the support plate). The spike is made of metal or of synthetic resin, and the spike portion may include one or more than one spike parts. The angle between the spike portion and the support plate is preferably between 95 and 130 degrees, and more preferably between 105 and 120 degrees. The spike portion is preferably convergent towards the tip thereof, for example in the shape of a cone. The spike portion may, however, also be suitably formed into a cylindrical shape, or in a stepped cylindrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Assignee: ASICS Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Kataoka, Morio Nakagawa, Katsuhisa Ohno
  • Patent number: 5513450
    Abstract: A sand soccer boot with a soft foam elastomer layer having an inner layer, an outer layer, a lower portion, an upper portion, and an ankle portion. The ankle portion and the upper portion integrally form an open recess for insertion of a foot. The open recess has an elastic foam forming ankle support thereattached. The ankle support serves to conform to a user's ankle to prevent sand from entering. A leather outer layer has an inner surface, an outer surface, a lower portion, an upper portion, and an ankle portion. The inner surface is secured to the outer layer of the soft foam elastomer layer. An elastomer sole has an upper surface and a lower surface. The upper surface is secured to the outer surface of the lower portion of the leather outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Inventor: Claudio L. Aviles Palazzo
  • Patent number: 5511653
    Abstract: A jewelry tray includes a plastic grid-like frame including a peripheral supporting wall and a grid structure connected therewith, the grid structure including a intersecting bars that define a plurality of openings; a thin sheet of plastic forming a skin on an upper surface of the frame and extending within the openings to define a plurality of recesses, each recess being defined by a peripheral side wall and a bottom wall, each peripheral side wall extending along sides of the intersecting bars and extending beneath the bars for each recess to define undercut portions at a lower end of the peripheral side wall in each recess; a bottom closing member secured to an underside of the frame and including a short peripheral wall and a central wall of a generally planar configuration connected within and to the short peripheral wall, the central wall including a plurality of twist resistance ribs for providing a resistance to twisting of the jewelry tray and the short peripheral wall including a plurality of reinf
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph Ovadia
  • Patent number: 5509534
    Abstract: A two-piece plastic dunnage is disclosed for use within containers for shipping or storing items in a preselected arrangement within a container. The preferred embodiment of the two-piece dunnage designed in accordance with this invention includes an essentially flat base member and a generally U-shaped support member that is slidably and removably coupled with the base member in a supporting position. The support member may be provided with a plurality of transverse slots which are adapted to nestingly receive at least a portion of the items that are to be maintained within the container in the preselected arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Anchor Bay Packaging Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Taravella, Ronald S. Domanski, Kevin Burchett, Edward J. Blair, Joseph G. Shippell
  • Patent number: 5507056
    Abstract: An apparatus for internally expanding an article of footwear. A hand-operated pressure assembly is provided, in which a knob is manually rotated in order to transversely extend first and second piston members. Hemispherical bearing surfaces on the ends of the piston members are received in corresponding receptacles formed in the legs of a hinged spreader assembly; as the pistons extend outwardly, the spreader assembly is forced against and stretches a selected interior portion of the article of footwear. Cupped overlay members are provided for detachable mounting to the legs of the spreader assembly so as to permit selective adjustment of its width to match that of the particular shoe or boot on which the work is being performed. Preferably, the hydraulic fluid which is used in the pressure assembly is ordinary tap water, so that leakage does not represent a hazard in a retail environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Northwest Podiatric Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis N. Brown